[ UK /ɪləd‍ʒˈɪtɪmətli/ ]
  1. in a manner disapproved or not allowed by custom
    He acted illegitimately when he increased the rent fourfold
  2. of biological parents not married to each other
    this child was born illegitimately
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How To Use illegitimately In A Sentence

  • The last time Canada had a genuine constitutional crisis, the King-Byng affair, it ended in pretty much disaster, in the Prime Minister illegitimately asserting non-existent powers over the governor-general who was supposed to be in the reserve, supreme and unimpeachable. Matthew Yglesias » Is The Left in Crisis?
  • He acted illegitimately when he increased the rent fourfold
  • To Convict and Punish illegitimately"is one of the composing articles of the criminal codes of the Qing Imperial Code, which mainly was used to restrict officials in trials.
  • My theory of the formation of the scientific doctrine of matter is that first philosophy illegitimately transformed the bare entity, which is simply an abstraction necessary for the method of thought, into the metaphysical substratum of these factors in nature which in various senses are assigned to entities as their attributes; and that, as a second step, scientists (including philosophers who were scientists) in conscious or unconscious ignoration of philosophy presupposed this substratum, _qua_ substratum for attributes, as nevertheless in time and space. The Concept of Nature The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, November 1919
  • The GOP is now proving that despite their former warnings of doom (when THAT suited their purposes), they now embrace this "shifty" legal strategy as an effective way of illegitimately preventing a Senator from the opposing party from taking office at all. Minnesota Supremes Reject Coleman Lawsuit, Clearing Way For Franken Win Later Today
  • And the upper class of Bahamians are monied families who have made their money illegitimately and then tried to buy respect.
  • this child was born illegitimately
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